...as you would have others do unto you. I am interested in different cultures and I will be glad to show you a bit of this Marvelous city called Rio de Janeiro! Come and enjoy it!
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La experiencia fue buena, si cumplió con mis expectativas y el vecindario muy bonito.
David was extremely helpful, both as we prepared for our trip and throughout the week we stayed with him. We loved the location of his apartment - while it is a bus ride away from the more popular Ipanema/Copacabana area, the beach of Sao Conrado was beautiful and way less crowded. I would definitely recommend going hang gliding, in which you will take off from a mountain and glide over Rio, landing right on the beach near David's place. If you are interested, ask David about it because he was able to reserve us a trip with an awesome guide whom he knows personally. I would also recommend going to Zona Zen for coffee and pastries in the morning, or to pick up wine and cheese - it has fabulous food and a cute outdoor seating area and is just a few minute walk from David's apartment. Though we were too busy exploring Rio to spend much time at David's place, his apartment building also has a pool that guests can enjoy.
Response from David:
Thank you Johanna, that was nice of you to go to the trouble of writing. Be well and travel lots in good company.
David is a gracious and kind host, extremely warm and welcomed us into his home with open arms. He had great recommendations (thanks for telling us about the rock at Ipanema beach!) and we had lots of privacy. The view from his balcony is amazing, and looks into the beach that is Sao Conrado.
His apartment is located south from the main tourist areas, which we really enjoyed. Getting around was easy with the minivans and buses. The beach is fantastic. It isn't crowded like Copacabana and Ipanema, so we could properly relax and enjoy being on the beach without needing to watch our belongings with hawk eyes. Much nicer waves there too. Very safe neighbourhood.
The apartment is right next to Rocinha, the largest favela in Latin America. We liked walking there and getting a real sense of how locals lived was really nice. Delicious food too if you need a late night delivery.
Perfect for anyone who would like to enjoy Rio in their own time. Oh, and there's a hotel right next to the apartment, so the airport buses ply the route right in front of his house.
Thank you so much David for hosting us. We hope you enjoyed having us as much as we did staying with you!
A nossa estadia com (full name hidden) foi uma excellente experiencia e eu fiquei muito feliz pela minha escolha e a sorte que eu tive em encontrar um lugar assim tao bem situado, bonito e mais que tudo um host tao amigavel. David foi uma grande ajuda para nois e tambem uma otima compania. Por cause dele podemos dizer que tivemos um otimo tempo no Rio de Janeiro. Ele nos ajudou bastante e foi muito gentil. David is a real gentlemen e eu recomendo a todos os membros to AIRBNB para contatar David quando quiserem encontrar um bom lugar para ficar no Rio de Janeiro. Nois entramos na casa do David como hospedes e saimos como amigos. Agredecemos a David de coracao por tudo que ele fez e por ter nos hospedados.
David was a great host, friendly, generous with his time and a great source of local knowledge. As first time visitors to Rio his help was invaluable. His apartment is ideally situated and enabled us to do to visit all the main attractions. David had parking for our car sorted and that is a massive plus if you visit Rio. He is great company over a beer.
Estadia tranquila, anfitrião sempre disposto a prestar informações úteis a quem não conhece a localidade. Quarto confortável com uma vista bonita. Localização boa, numa área tranquila do Rio de Janeiro. Próximo à praia, próximo a shopping, próximo a restaurante, próximo a pontos de ônibus. Relação custo benefício boa!
Hospedagem sensacional. Não há o que reclamar da acomodação e hospitalidade de David. Muito pelo contrário, é uma pessoa simpática que nos ajudou de todas as maneiras possíveis. Sem contar na maravilhosa vista da sacada de seu (website hidden) certeza recomendo a todos que vão ao Rio de Janeiro a ficar neste belo apartamento e conhecer a pessoa maravilhosa que é David. E se voltar ao Rio de Janeiro, já tenho um ótimo lugar para ficar.
Obrigado pela acomodação David.
David's house is your house... well, almost. It's like you've known him for ages. He's very friendly and welcoming - he makes you feel that you're visiting a good friend whom you haven't seen for ages, offering you a meal, a beer, wine or whatever is in the fridge...
Furthermore the house has an excellent location with a splendid view to the Sao Conrado Beach overlooking the most exclusive golf course in Rio. And with two neighbours - the best shopping Mall (Fashion Mall) in Rio and the favela Rocinha (Latin Americas largest - don't worry it's by no means dangerous as long as you don't explore it yourself) - you have an opportunity to see upper and working class at the same time - an interesting contrast (ask David for advice if you have an interest in visiting Rocinha).
On the other side of the highway (just cross via the tunnel) some 5 min walk you'll find a wonderful bakery and lunch place called Zona Zen - it's fair priced and delicous. If you're into hang gliding (accompanied by an experienced guide) you'll find the landing spot located right at the end of the Sao Conrado beach some 20 min walk from his house - a very popular place for a free fly overlooking Rio.
Since I've been to Rio many times before I really didn't need that much info as a new comer probably would. However, his friendlyness and insight in "what's on in Rio" will surely help you during your stay as his is more than willing to provide you with almost anything to help you feel comfortable and exploring Rio in the best way possible.
Should I add one minor drawback I would mention the location. It's not downtown Ipanema/Leblon. Be prepared to take a cab (10 min ride) and/or a local bus. However, as I it's a detail - his friendlyness and sea view (from the large balcony connecting to the living room) more than compensates for this.
What else is there to say - I spent three wonderful days at David's house and I only regret I haden't time for more than a beer and a chat with him at his wonderul balcony listening to the sound of the waves and a watching the bright moon in the horizon.
David - thanks for everything. If all hosts are like you I never ever wanna stay at a hotel again. Hope to catch up for the Fundue next time I'm in town. Enjoy wonderful Rio and as we say in Portuguese - "Saudades da minha Cidade Maravilhosa" - Nota 10 ("A" grade) to you as a host!
David was wonderfully welcoming, upon our arrival he was waiting for us with a lovely fondue dinner and wine. His apartment is beautiful with one of the best beach front views from his 10th story patio! He gave us great suggestions on things to do and foods to try and we would definitely recommend him for future airbnb travelers. Thanks David!